One of these days, I will not get lost on Wimbledon Common. One of these days, I will know it like the back of my hand. One of these days.
But not today.
Today, armed with an exploration strategy from Local Adventures*, I set off along Beverley Brook, and every time I found a path leading towards the top of the common, I ran up it, turned round and ran back down. And still I got lost. Still the evil terra-forming pixies managed to confuse me by moving the paths while I wasn’t looking.
But I got the last laugh. Because I realised that I could run on the Common every day for the rest of my life and I will still never know where I am**. Which means that I will never get bored, and I will never again feel the need to travel for miles to find a brand new piece of trail running. Which is, I think you’ll agree, something worth celebrating.
*In January 2011, I took part in my first Janathon, running a grand total of 69 miles. Local Adventures ran a mind-boggling 450 miles, an average of 14.5 miles per day.
**This may be an exaggeration. Local Adventures’ strategy of exploring from a known point meant that every time I got lost, I could find myself again. Which feels like progress.